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Flyers work through uncertainty


July 1, 2012 at 2:01 a.m.

St. Joseph quarterback Eric Alvarez attempts a pass during a 7-on-7   game against Edna on June 25. St. Joseph beat Victoria West during their first game, but lost to Edna in their second.

St. Joseph gave true meaning to 7 on 7 football.

The Flyers had exactly seven players at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday and they played every second of their back-to-back games against Victoria West and Edna.

"It's really challenging so we just had to come together and put together what we all know so we could make something happen," said senior Jerry Vasquez. "We've just got to get in football shape and learn how to play with each other and try to feed off each other with what we know."

The Flyers expect to be short on numbers when the season begins and were pleased with their performance on a humid evening and what they learned playing 7 on 7.

"It's about getting endurance and trying hard," said junior Douglas Wall. "Just overall skills like catching the ball and throwing the ball and reading defenses."

The St. Joseph players also found themselves in the unusual position of being without a head coach.

Donnie Slatter resigned on June 12 after two seasons to become an assistant football coach and boys head track and field coach at Waller.

The Flyers have no idea what kind of offense or defense they will run in the upcoming season.

"I think we'll be able to adapt," said senior Clayton Davidson said. "Coach Slatter came in two years ago and we had to change so we'll be used to it."

The new head coach will be St. Joseph's third in the last four seasons so the players have had to make adjustments.

"It takes more than a year to learn an offense so we were finally starting to learn it," Vasquez said. "He happens to leave so we've got to learn something all over for our senior year."

A new coach won't be the only change for the Flyers. St. Joseph is moving from TAPPS Division I to Division II and into a district with Austin Hyde Park, Austin Regents, Austin St. Dominic Savio, San Antonio Holy Cross, San Antonio Christian, San Antonio TMI and San Marcos Academy.

"Some of the teams we got to play last year and not in district play and we did pretty well against them," Wall said. "With Holy Cross coming back down, it gives us another chance to get back at them."

The Flyers left Memorial Stadium tired, but looking forward to getting a new coach and beginning a new season.

"It's different, but I think we'll be fine," Davidson said. "We have a pretty good set of seniors so I think we'll work through it."



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